Background

At Avenue Sound we love challenges. When a new client approached us to convert a spare bedroom in their high-rise apartment, which had a plethora of acoustical challenges, into a
Dedicated Cinema Room which the entire family could enjoy;
we made sure to seize the opportunity.  With this room the owners gave us complete freedom to ensure that our common goal was met, “The Ultimate Cinematic Experience.”

  • Dedicated Home Cinema
  • Acoustical Treatment
  • Smart Lighting for Cinematic Experience
  • Native 4K Projector and Backlit Fixed Frame Projection Screen

Audio Video

The single row of seating in turn, fueled our speaker design of a 5.2.4 Surround Sound system. Front and Side channels along with two subwoofers on the front wall completed the main sound stage while four ceiling Atmos speakers enveloped the listener from above. With a lot of new content available through streaming services such as Netflix, Apple Movies and Amazon Prime in 4K, we suggested our clients to invest in a Native 4K  projector. 

  • RBH VM-553 in-wall speakers
  • RBH MCS-88 In-wall Subwoofers
  • AudioControl Rialto 600 200W 2.1-Channel Amplifier
  • Sony VPL-VW260ES Native 4K projector
  • In-Ceiling Atmos Speakers: BIC America MSR-PRO6
  • Marantz 9.2 Channel AV Receiver
  • Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pro Projection Screen

Acoustics

As mentioned earlier, this project had many acoustical challenges which needed to be overcome to reach the ultimate experience we were intent on delivering. The biggest glaring challenge was the full wall windows. Should we address them with window coverings which will absorb or completely pack them off? We chose to pack them off but create an openable door on one side which would blend with the acoustic treatment in case access is required to the windows in the future. 

  • GIK Acoustics 2A Alpha Series Diffusor/Absorber Panels
  • Acoustimac DMD Acoustic Fabric

Lighting

After proposing several design options for the lighting for the room to our clients, a modern design consisting of LED Strip lights and LED Spotlights was finalized. Hidden inside the acoustically  transparent fabric would be LED Strip Lighting on the side and rear walls along with LED Foot Lights for the flooring and Warm White LED Spotlights for the ceiling. To create a sense of ambience and set the mood we ensure the lights on the walls and in the flooring were of blue color.

  • Side and rear walls: LED Strip Lighting
  • Ceiling: Warm White LED Spotlights
  • Flooring: LED foot lights

 Home Automation

We chose to add lighting automation using a wireless solution which would allow our customers to use their manual switches but also allow the automation system to control the lighting during specific scenes and events. An IR cable was run to the Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pro which was programmed to come on with whenever the Blue Lights in the room were turned on. That way an entire scene is created using the Screen Backlight, LED Strip Lights and Flooring LEDs to come on and off together.

  • Control4 SR-260 remote
  • Control4 EA-1 Home Automation Controller
  • Control4 C4-SM201-Z Puck Switch

Final Verdict

Our initial goal of creating the “Ultimate Cinematic Experience” for our clients was more than accomplished. After completing a HAA Power Calibration and ISF Video Calibration for the system, when we first sat our clients down for a demo, they were completely blown away. This was one of the best sounding rooms we have been able to create for any clients till date and we were able to mitigate the acoustical challenges through proper design, careful execution, and using the best products the budget would allow for.

Products used

  • RBH VM-553 In-Wall speakers
  • RBH MCS-88 In-Wall Subwoofers
  • AudioControl Rialto 600 Stereo Amplifier
  • Sony VPL-VW260ES Native 4K projector
  • Tributaries UHDX-10 18Gbps High Speed HDMI Cable
  • Tributaries UHDP-010 18Gbps High Speed HDMI Cables
  • Screen Innovations 80’’ Zero Edge Pro Backlit Projection Screenscreen
  • In-Ceiling Atmos Speakers: BIC America MSR-PRO6
  • Marantz 9.2 Channel AV Receiver
  • GIK Acoustics 2A Alpha Series Diffusor/Absorber Panels
  • Acoustimac DMD Acoustic Fabric
  • Control4 EA-1 Home Automation Controller
  • Control4 SR-260 remote
  • Control4 C4-SM201-Z Puck Switch

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